Thursday, April 10, 2008

Politicizing the Medal of Honor 

I have to agree, this was not the Bush administration's finest hour. Say it after me: Thou shalt not exploit the granting of a Medal of Honor for political advantage.

That said, our lame-duck President is not out for partisan advantage so much as political capital to defend a policy that he genuinely believes to be in the national interest. But still.



By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Apr 10, 03:52:00 PM:

The ceremony was devoid of political undertones. It seemed to be a short biography, a reading of the citation, and a thank you. And I don't see how such a ceremony could influence hearings that were going on elsewhere the same day; it would have needed to be earlier so people could hear and think about it first.

So, what political advantage?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Apr 10, 05:37:00 PM:

I don't see any political advantage.  

By Blogger Escort81, at Thu Apr 10, 07:44:00 PM:

If the timing is upsetting to Mansoor's SEAL team members or family, then that's bad, and the WH screwed up. Otherwise, I think the perception of political advantage is hard to discern.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Apr 10, 08:06:00 PM:

Wow, WaPo Military scribe looks at the headlines of the day on 4-08-08, and draws a connection. Well done!

But we shall not stop there. Let's see what other things were published on the day Petreus testified. For instance, you Mr. TigerHawk published two (not 1 but 2!) entries promoting Bush lies about al-Sadr 'defeat', on the same day of all days! Here they are:

"Al-Sadr's ceasefire and the Iranian game"

"Der Moqster's face"

How do you explain that, Sir?  

By Blogger davod, at Fri Apr 11, 05:43:00 AM:

Carter runs a basically negative intel site and has just moved to the Post.

Why am I not surprised he finds a negative among this.  

By Blogger davod, at Fri Apr 11, 05:45:00 AM:


Carter's move to the Post site could be seen as the Post's way of boosting the profile of negative bloggers in preparation for the elections.  

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